The AFC Conference has a huge clash in Week 2 of the NFL with the Texans vs. Broncos matchup, which will bring football fans to a standstill. These are two teams who arrive with shattered pride after failing to win in their respective debuts this season, particularly Denver, who was defeated by an opponent who wasn’t expected to win.
JefeBet brings you the Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos preview, with an analysis of each team, as well as the prediction and odds available at bookmakers.
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Predictions and Betting Preview for the Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos NFL Week 2 Game on September 18, 2022
- Where: Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
- When: Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 4.25 PM E.T.
Betting on the Houston Texans
- Season record: 0-0-1.
- Spread: +10.
- Moneyline: +370.
- Over/Under: 46.5.
After stringing together a series of three wins in preseason games, the Houston Texans had a disappointing start to the season at home and in front of almost 70 thousand of their fans. When it looked they were going for it all in their game against the Indianapolis Colts, they suffered a severe setback in the fourth quarter and were forced to split the goods in a game they led by 20 to 3 and ended tied at 20.
When you get a lead like that, some good things have to happen on both sides of the football and special teams, so that’s what we’ll build on.
Normally the gain, the biggest gain, during the season is from Week 1 to Week 2, and hopefully against the Broncos that will be the case for us.Lovie Smith, Texans head coach.
The Texans have two doubts for the game against the Colts: Mario Addison, with a thigh discomfort, and Rasheem Green, with a similar injury. Tackle Dennis Kelly, who had been bothered by a knee injury, has recovered and will be available.
Betting on the Denver Broncos
- Season record: 0-1.
- Spread: -10.
- Moneyline: -460 .
- Over/Under: 46.5.
The Denver Broncos similarly began the 2022 NFL season with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on the road, albeit by one point and in the fourth quarter: a field goal by McManus gave the home team a 17-16 victory. This does not detract from the fact that the fall was a surprise, since on paper the Broncos were clear favorites.
Thus, the return of Russell Wilson to Lumen Field in a Denver Broncos uniform, and their play were overshadowed by the great defensive play of the Seahawks. Several players will be out for the Texans in Denver: Quinn Meinerz, K’Waun Williams, Josey Jewell and Billy Turner are listed with various injuries.
The Denver Broncos’ debut in this NFL season was highly anticipated, as many expected to see what Russell Wilson could be capable of with his new squad. However, he fell short in Week 1 against his former team, showing that perhaps the team needs much more than a good quarterback if it wants to compete for the top spots in a division it shares with the always-favored Chiefs.
On the other hand, many predicted that the Texans would be one of the worst teams this season; still, the Houston franchise has shown that it has the potential to be a thorn in the side of many teams after not losing a single preseason game and drawing a tie in the first week, which, while leaving a bad taste in their mouths, is proof enough that beating them won’t be easy at all.
The Broncos may win, but it looks difficult for them to cover a spread as high as the one assigned by the bookmakers.
Prediction: Texans spread (13-20 Broncos win).